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Date of Incident

28/10/2021

Country

Scotland

Area

Climbing Wall

Route

Incident

Witnessed a climber at fourth clip, who had z-clipped all the way from the bottom clip upwards to third clip (must have pulled up the belay side of the rope to clip twice, and somehow managed to climb on upwards).

If they had fallen, they would have hit the ground, as the climber end of the rope was into first clip (and then back up to second and third clip and back to belayer).

Both climber and belayer had not noticed, so I can only assume they didn't know what they were doing.

Shouted for the climber to climb down and they escaped without injury, for a long chat with wall staff.

Lessons

1 - People may be reluctant to admit they don't know what they are doing.
2 - Even the most unlikely incidents can happen

Lessons:
1 - always admit your limitations and don't do anything stupid! It could cost your life.
2 - Always be vigilant at walls or crags and do point out dangerous behaviour to others in a polite way

Activity

Indoor climbing

When

Injury

No injury

Causes

Belayer and climber inexperience

Anonymous?

Yes

Reported By

Observer

Wearing Helmets?

Rescue Services Involved?

None

Author

18 November 2021, 08:37:12

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All reports are self-submitted and have not been edited by the BMC in any way, so please keep an open mind regarding the lessons and causes of each incident or near-miss.